Disney World Tips and Tricks

Here are a selection of posts that will tell you how to get the most out of your visit to Disney World Resort in Orlando.

You Have Decided on a Walt Disney World Vacation – Now What?

Walt Disney World Vacation

Congrats! You have made the best and most fun decision to travel to Walt Disney World for your next vacation.  You want to book a Walt Disney World Vacation, but where do you start?

Steps to Create Your Walt Disney World Vacation Package

Start by going to www.disneyworld.disney.go.com to begin your Vacation Search

Pick Your Hotel

Pick Your Walt Disney World Resort
Pick Your Walt Disney World Resort

Here you will begin searching for hotels to stay, by searching your dates of travel and the total number of people in your property. The reason this is important, is the website will help recommend available hotel rooms that can accommodate the number of people in your party. For example, those resorts that have larger accommodations like murphy beds that pull of the wall, or sleeper sofas that turn into full sized beds. There will also be recommendations for family suites at certain resorts.

Your budget will help you navigate through which resort to pick, as there are value resorts as low as $99.00 per night to the super expensive deluxe resorts & villas that go as high as $500 per night, or higher in peak season.

You will also be asked to select which type of room. For example, if selecting a resort stay for the week of August 15th at Pop Century, you will be asked to select from a standard room versus a preferred room, etc. These preferred rooms might have easier access to the main dining hall or parki

Select a Walt Disney World Vacation Package

Select a Walt Disney World Vacation Package
Select a Walt Disney World Vacation Package

Once your hotel is selected, the next screen will have radio dials for you to select. One will just say hotel, and the other says package. There might be a few others pop up if there is a specialized deal going on, such as “free dining” or “fun in the sun package.” These packages might offer unique traits for a specific time frame only. Unless you are doing a specialized package, be sure to select package.

Add your Park Tickets

Add Your Park Tickets
Add Your Park Tickets

So now you’ve got a place to sleep and take a shower, now you’ve got to get your park tickets.  There will be multiple options that show up on the screen. If you selected you are staying 7 nights, and 8 days in the month of November, the website will automatically have the selection for the number of days you are staying. So, in this example, the radio dial will be defaulted to an 8-day ticket, but don’t worry – you can change it if you want to. For deciding the number of days, it is important to know if you plan on going to the parks on the day of arrival and the day of departure. This will come in handy when you know your flight times. Don’t worry – you can change the number of park tickets at any time during this process.

Ticket Options

Select Your Ticket Options
Select Your Ticket Options

The ticket option that is defaulted is a single day ticket to one park per day. What if you want to skip around to parks, can you do this? Of course- for a fee.

You can select to upgrade your ticket to what is called “Park Hopper” which allows you to navigate through any of the 4 major theme parks at any time during the day. For example, you can start off the morning at Magic Kingdom with breakfast reservations at 9:00am, and then head over to Epcot at 11:30 am for a fast pass for Soarin’. You can then finish off the afternoon at Hollywood studios for Jedi Training and then catch dinner at Tusker House at Animal Kingdom. The website will quote you the upgrade charge total and in smaller font show you the price per person.

You can also upgrade to “Park Hopper Plus” which gives you any of the advantages described above plus access to the two water parks on property as well – Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

Add a Dining Plan

Select a Disney Dining Plan
Select a Disney Dining Plan

After you’ve selected hotel and park tickets, the next page will be summary page where you can start adding “additional features.” The first option is picking your Dining Package. There are three different dining packages that give you a certain number of credits per package.  Click here to learn all about the Disney Dining Plans for 2019.

The Disney Quick Service Dining Plan

The Disney Quick Service Dining Plan offers families 2 quick service meals per day, 2 snack credits, and 1 refillable drink mug, per person. At the quick service restaurants, regular drinks like soft drinks or tea are included, and you also get an adult beverage as well. A quick service restaurant is any establishment where you order at a counter, and do not have a server waiting on you. An example of a quick service restaurant is Flame Tree Bar-b-que at Animal Kingdom.

The Disney Dining Plan

The Disney Dining Plan offers families 1 quick service credit, 1 table service credit, and 2 snack credits per person per day. You also get the regular beverage and one alcoholic beverage per meal and the refillable mug.  A table service restaurant would be Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom.  

The Deluxe Dining Plan

The Deluxe Dining Plan is the cream of the crop dining plan and it is a lot of food! We’ve done this one before and felt like all we did was eat- but hey if you are in to that, then go for it! You only live once, right?  This plan offers families 2 table service credits, 2 snacks, the same beverage options and refillable mug. Restaurants on this plan would be any dining establishment where you are seated, and a server comes to your table and waits on you. Some high-end character restaurants or signature dining

experiences require that you use two credits per meal per person. (Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of these).

Pick the Plan that is Best for You and Your Family

Selecting the right Dining Plan for you is dependent on your family. Remember that not everyone is the same. If your family rarely snacks throughout the day and aren’t big eaters for breakfast or lunch- maybe you pay out of pocket for your food. If you want a relaxing time, in air-conditioning, with someone waiting on you while you chat with your family about how much fun you are having, maybe the dining plan or Deluxe Dining Plan is right for you.  My favorite dining plan is the Disney Dining Plan where you get 1 quick service and 1 table service. We love to get out of the Florida eat and take a break in the afternoon, and then enjoy something quick and convenient in the evening time, when some people are heading out of the park.

There are multiple charts and calculations out there that will help you calculate money you would spend on the Dining Plan versus not purchasing one and paying out of pocket.

We love the Dining plans because they have already been paid for and we do not even have to think about how much it will cost or worry about the budget- because it has already been set from the booking of our trip.

Adding Memory Maker

Adding Additional Walt Disney World Vacation Options
Adding Additional Walt Disney World Vacation Options

Memory maker is a fantastic package you can add to your Vacation Package.  This is a unique experience where you get professional photos taken all around the parks by the many Disney photographers. The ones that you see holding the cameras all around the parks- yeah, those people! What is neat about this, is that the entire family can get into the picture instead of mom or dad holding the camera. The photographers also sprinkle a little more pixie dust your way and add fun graphics and character images into your photos as well. For example, they may have you hold out your hands (like you are holding something scooped in your hands) and by the time you view your pictures on your Disney account, maybe you are holding the poisonous apple given to you by the evil queen! How fun!  You also get fun little videos added of you and your family when you go on a ride. Your magic band that you select, once you put your deposit down, is the key to everything. Once you scan your band in the line queue, Disney knows that you are on 7 Dwarfs Mine Train and will capture a video of you on the ride attraction.

Add Flights and Ground Transportation

Now it is time to add your flight – if you choose to travel this way. Some people book their flight on the website, but sometimes if you are booking too far in advance, the flight times have not been made available yet. You are more than welcome to book your flight on a separate website, knowing that you can provide Disney the flight information if you need to take Disney Transportation from the airport to your hotel. For example, we always book way in advance, so we book our flight on Americanairlines.com. Once we book the flight, we update our information on our Disney Account that we are arriving at 11:00am on Tuesday August 16th, which tells Disney that I’m going to need their Magical Express transportation from the airport to Pop Century.

Travel Insurance, Summary, and Pay

Finish up and Pay
Finish up and Pay!

Now that you’ve done all of the fun stuff, now you come to the not so fun stuff – paying for it! Ha Ha!

Here is where you can add travel insurance & get the summary for your entire trip. You can also edit anything from this page. (Hint- you can edit after you’ve made purchases as well).

Great news if you do not have the funds to pay for the entire trip – you can put down a $200.00 deposit on a credit card and cancel up to 30 days from your travel dates and get a 100% refund. Hopefully you don’t have to cancel, and you can move forward with your vacation plans, but know that is an option for you if something comes up, or if you just need the time to save up and pay for it in stages.

Was this post helpful? Anything that we missed you’d like to know? Let us know in the comments below.

Oh yeah, did we mention that we have an amazing community of Disney World Fanatics in our Facebook Group – Disney World Questions and Answers?  If you want to hang out with us and thousands of other Disney World Fanatics that are there to get all of your Disney World vacation questions answered, click here to join our FREE private Facebook Group!

Eating Keto at The Magic Kingdom

If you have ever visited Walt Disney World, you know that the words Disney World vacation and (insert ANY diet name here) diet definitely do not go hand in hand.  While this is the case, if you are living a Keto lifestyle, you can still enjoy your trip while eating Keto at the Magic Kingdom.  The longer that I have gone in my Keto journey, the easier it has become to completely overcome any cravings for carbs and sugar.  That said, Disney World is a little harder to tackle.  But, if you can stay strong and avoid temptations, it can be done! 

Focus on Staying in Ketosis – Not on the Caloric Intake

When I am at home, I am very strict with my calorie intake as well as my macros.  At Disney World, I focus more on staying in keto without really focusing on the calories.  I mean, I am on vacation, and I am walking like 10 miles a day while in the parks. While at the Magic Kingdom, there are many things that you can do to stay in ketosis.  If you are in a table-service restaurant, let the host know that you have certain dietary restrictions and they will send out a chef to discuss your options.  You can almost always make the changes necessary to stay in ketosis.  With the quick-service restaurants and snacks, it can be a little harder, but still very possible.  Over the next few days/posts, I will go over what I ate to remain in ketosis.  This post will be covering my day in the Magic Kingdom, so be sure to subscribe to our page so that you can get updated with my posts that cover the other parks as well.

Keto breakfast is so easy to do!

Eating Keto at the Magic Kingdom at Crystal Palace

Like at home, breakfast is always the easiest meal to eat while in ketosis.  We were staying at Pop Century during our last stay, so I just grabbed breakfast at one of the resort’s quick-service stations in the cafeteria.  That said, you can go to any table-service or quick-service restaurant on property and get bacon, eggs, sausage, cheese, sour cream, etc.  Once in the park, I head over to the Starbucks (Main Street Bakery) to grab a Venti Iced Coffee with heavy cream and a couple of sweet-n-lows.  If you like to load up at breakfast, I would definitely suggest checking into the Crystal Palace for a great Keto breakfast in the Magic Kingdom.  In addition to the plethora keto breakfast options, you will also have an omelet station where you can get a good mix of veggies and cheese mixed into your omelet. 

Eating Keto for Lunch at Be Our Guest

Eating Keto at the Magic Kingdom at Be Our Guest

While I could have easily opted for a Jumbo Turkey Leg while making my way around the Magic Kingdom, I knew that I would be eating a half-chicken for dinner – also we had managed to book a lunch at Be Our Guest.  My last visit to Be Our Guest led me to the amazing Braised Pork (Coq Au Vin Style).  While this meal was amazing and could have easily been made keto by removing the mashed potatoes and carrots, I went a different direction.  Being that I loaded up at breakfast, I wasn’t starving, so I actually ordered the Grilled Shrimp off of the kid’s menu.  It come with like 5 grilled shrimp, broccoli, and peach applesauce that I gave to one of my daughters.

Eating Keto for Dinner at Starlight Ray’s Cosmic Cafe

Like I mentioned earlier, I was looking forward to the ½ Rotisserie Chicken from Starlight Ray’s Cosmic Café.  Now, I will admit that it is very rare that I will actually go to or even look forward to eating at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, but after doing some research before our trip, I was actually excited about dinner here!  This meal did not disappoint!  The ½ chicken is served with mashed potatoes and green beans.  Once again, my daughters were in luck as they scored an additional serving of mashed potatoes, but the chicken and green beans were very good, and definitely did the trick!  Another great thing about Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café is the fact that they do have mobile-ordering, so we were able to place our order ahead of time as opposed to waiting in line.

Keto Snacks at the Magic Kingdom

When it comes to snacks at the Magic Kingdom, there are not very many great options.  But, when Toy Story Land opened up, Disney struck a deal with Babybel, so you can now find mini Babybel snack cheeses at many of the snack carts and stores.  While I would never waste a snack credit on a Babybel cheese, they do have them all over the parks for $3.49.  In the Magic Kingdom, I found them at the Liberty Square Market and bought a few and threw them in our little cooler.  They also had whole pickles for $1.99 each, so I picked up a couple of them as well.  I think my daughters actually ate one of them as I was never hungry enough to get to both of them!

Babybel Cheese as a Keto Snack option

Other Keto Options at the Magic Kingdom

As you can see, I had a great day, ate well, and managed to remain in Ketosis all day while visiting the Magic Kingdom.  Like I mentioned, there are so many other options if you are willing to put in a little time before your trip.  One thing that I did not try was Casey’s Corner, but I know that they do have some great options there if you don’t mind tossing the bun!  Right not, they are offering the Buffalo Chicken All-Beef Foot Long Hot Diggity Dog.  I have not tried this, but all of the pictures that I am seeing looks like they use a grilled chicken tossed in buffalo sauce on top of a foot-long hot dog that is topped with chopped celery and a garlic ranch drizzle.  I would definitely eat this if I saw it.

Eating Keto at the Magic Kingdom

So, what do you think?  If you are living a Keto Lifestyle, how do you think you would manage at the Magic Kingdom?  I promise you that if I can do it, anyone can!  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below! This post is part of a four-part series where I shared what I ate in each park.  Here are the links to the posts detailing what I ate in each of the other parks:

Eating Keto at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Eating Keto at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Eating Keto at Epcot

If you have any Keto Disney Fanatic friends or family, please feel free to share this with them as well!

Oh yeah, did we mention that we have an amazing community of Disney World Fanatics in our Facebook Group – Disney World Questions and Answers?  If you want to hang out with us and thousands of other Disney World Fanatics that are there to get all of your Disney World vacation questions answered, click here to join our FREE private Facebook Group!

Things You Must Have Before Your Next Trip to Disney World

If you are planning for your next Disney World vacation, you may get overwhelmed with all of the tips and tricks that friends, family, and the internet may be throwing at you. From planning dining 180-days out, to booking Fast Passes 60-days out, by the time you get to Disney World, you may need a vacation from all of your vacation planning! Well, here is a little more for you to consider before your trip. We have put together a list of items that we highly recommend that you must have BEFORE your next trip to Disney World!

Gotta have a Backpack!

You Gotta Have a Backpack!

When going to Disney World, there are quite a few things that you will be carrying with you throughout your trip. The best way to do this (with or without a stroller) will be in a backpack. Now, you can use any old backpack like we did on our first trip, but as you venture out into the parks, you will see so many different backpacks that seem like they were made specifically for people vacationing at Disney World. In all honesty, any backpack will work, but if you fear that you may suffer from backpack envy, here are a few that we recommend!

External USB Charger

External USB Chargers, fuel rods, power banks, or portable chargers.  Whatever you call them, you will definitely need one!  If you are taking pictures, using the My Disney Experience App on your phone to book and manage your fast passes and dining reservations, or letting your kids use the Play Disney Parks app while waiting in lines, your battery will not make it!  While the parks do have Fuel Rod exchange kiosks throughout the parks and at the hotels, some of them are not the best quality, and you can find yourself looking for the kiosks instead of enjoying your vacation.  I would recommend the larger power banks that can charge over-night and then be used the next day to charge multiple electronics at one time.  Definitely one of the best investments made before our last trip!

Disney Character Autograph Books

As you are planning for your upcoming vacation, you will notice that there are many options for Disney character meet and greet options throughout the parks as well as in many of the restaurants in the form of character dining. Once you start interacting with the characters, you will see that many of them will do autographs for you or your children.  It is so nice to be able to hand them your autograph book for them to sign, plus this will give you a souvenir that you can cherish for years to come!  You will find them in every park, at Disney Springs, and online, but we recommend buying one ahead of time to save money in the parks.

Lanyard and Pins for Trading

One of the things that my family loves doing is pin trading.  Now, you can buy lanyards and pins throughout the parks, resorts, and at Disney Springs, but many of the ones that you will find and buy will have special meaning to you or your child.  We recommend buying a few before you go that do not have any special meaning so that you will feel better about trading them for better pins during your vacation.  Carry your pins on your lanyards which you can buy before you go so that you are not searching around the parks trying to find what you want.  This will give you more time for the rides, attractions, and character meet and greets once in the parks!

Personal Fans

There is a good chance that when you are heading out to Disney World it is going to be hot.  Orlando does not have much of a winter, and as we have learned, you can still get some pretty hot days during the “winter” months, so because of this, we recommend having a couple of things to help you beat the heat!  There are so many different options when it comes to personal fans.  You’ll find some that sprays water with the fan, some that are battery operated, and some that work when connected to a USB port (or even your phone for that matter).  No matter what you choose, buying before your trip is always a good idea.  We traveled to Disney World in November and didn’t think we would need our fans.  It was HOT!  We ended up dropping $25 on a Disney spray bottle fan.  Kids loved it, but I was so bummed as we had great options at home.

Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad Cooling Towel

We have tried many different types of cooling towels, and we keep coming back to Frogg Toggs as our family favorite.  Frogg Toggs cooling towels are made from a hyper-evaporative material that retains water while remaining dry to the touch.  These things make for an awesome way to cool down when the temps go up at Disney World.  The best thing about them is that when they stop cooling, you can re-wet them and wring them out and then within minutes, it begins cooling you off. 

Family Packs of Rain Ponchos

Like the last recommendation regarding the heat, depending on the time of the year that you visit Disney World, there is a great chance for rain.  Now, there might be a 15-minute downpour each day, there may be hours of rain, or it may be dry, but we always recommend taking ponchos as you do not want to get caught in a park without one when the rain starts falling.  While there are many places to go to in each park to avoid the rain, if you try and buy one in the park, you are looking at a $10 purchase.  Unlike many other purchases that you make in the parks, you most likely won’t get any future uses out of the ponchos.  Once they get wet, they are almost impossible to get dry, so with the high humidity in Florida, there will probably be mold growing within a day or two, and these bad boys will start to stink!

Glow Sticks, Glow Necklaces, Glow Bracelets

Once the sun goes down, you will see carts lining the streets in every park selling light up toys and glow items.  Believe me, if your kids don’t have something that lights up or glows, you will be shelling out big bucks to keep them happy!  If you have a pack of glow sticks, necklaces, or bracelets in your backpack, you can get them out and have them ready as the sun is going down.  Thank us later!

Collapsible Water Bottle with Water Filter

When you are in the Orlando area, you will want to be drinking water all day! The last thing you want is to be dehydrated or wore down because you are not drinking enough water. Unfortunately, unless you want to pay for bottled water in the park you will need to have a water bottle. Most food service locations will provide you with a free cup of water, but it can be small and can take up a lot of time getting in lines for water. If you have a collapsible water bottle, you can go anywhere and fill it up, and since it has a built-in water filter, you wont have to worry about the water quality as this will help with the flavor!

Durable Moleskin

On your park days, you will be on your feet all day long!  Not only will you be on your feet, but you will most likely be trekking quite a few miles per day.  Add in the fact that your feet will get hot and the chance that they will get wet, you are going to need some protection for your feet!  Moleskin comes in different varieties including rolls, strips, and pre-cut pieces.  I would recommend that you throw some in your backpack as you never know when a blister might try and pop up.  If you are prone to getting blisters on your feet, it might not be a bad idea to put this on any places that are prone to blister before you even get started each day!

Body Glide

This is something that I had not heard of until our most recent trip, and I am so glad that I found it!  If you ever have problems with chaffing or you think that you might once you get into the heat and humidity of central Florida, this is the best thing you will learn about today!  Simply apply before you get dressed, on your thighs, neck, arms, or literally anywhere skin gets rubbed.  Body Glide will help stop any chaffing trouble before it starts!

Couple of Additional Potential Items for Your Next Disney World Trip

I think that most of these items above can be useful for anyone heading out to Disney World. But, here are a couple of items that I would recommend looking into if your vacation needs it. If you are looking into different stroller options at Disney World, we highly recommend reading more about your options here – Do You Need a Stroller for Your Next Disney World Vacation? If you will be booking a session at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, I would highly recommend buying a dress for your little one before you go. When you book, they will let you know that there are dresses available for purchase, but they do not guarantee any certain princesses or sizes. Plus, you can find one at JCP or on Amazon for MUCH less. Learn everything you need to know about Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in this article – Is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Really Worth It?

In Conclusion

I know that there seems to be so many things that you need to plan for, but I can assure you that the better you plan ahead, the more you will be able to enjoy the magic of Disney World once you arrive! Is there anything that we missed? Do you have any secret items that everyone need to know about? Please feel free to share your thoughts it the comments below! Also, if you have any Disney Fanatic friends, please be sure and share our list with them as well!

Oh yeah, did we mention that we have an amazing community of Disney World Fanatics in our Facebook Group – Disney World Questions and Answers?  If you want to hang out with us and thousands of other Disney World Fanatics that are there to get all of your Disney World vacation questions answered, click here to join our FREE private Facebook Group!

Using the My Disney Experience App for Mobile Ordering

On our last adventure to Disney World, we had the pleasure of experiencing Mobile Ordering.  We usually do the Deluxe Dining Package, but on our last trip, we decided to go with the Quick Service plan, and we took advantage of it!  We did the mobile ordering in every park except for Epcot as it is not as integrated in that park just yet.  We also really like D-Luxe Burger in Disney Springs, so we were excited to see that they were the only location in Disney Springs that offered Mobile Ordering. While it is a great program to take advantage of in Disney World, it can be a little confusing.  It is not that hard to place an order, but knowing what to do, when to do it, and where to go can be a little confusing the first few times.  Here is a step-by-step guide to using the My Disney Experience App for Mobile Ordering.

Step by Step Instructions for Mobile Ordering at Disney World

  1. Login to the My Disney Experience app on your phone. Once logged in, click on “Order Food” under the “My Plans” tab on the app’s main screen.
  2. Next, you will see a list of participating restaurants where you will then be able to select the restaurant you want to order from.
  3. Once you select a location, you will be taken to the restaurant’s page where you will see “Order Food.”
  4. The next screen will take you to the menu where you will be able to choose any items that you wish to add to your cart.  Select and modify everything you want.
  5. Once complete, you will click on the bag on the top right corner to review and submit your order.  Make sure everything is correct and then submit your order to the restaurant.
  6. On your way over to the restaurant, go back into the app and let them know to start your order.  Head into the restaurant and look for a table and wait for them to let you know it’s ready.
  7. Once your order is ready, you will receive a notification on your phone.  Go over to the Mobile Order pick-up window and get your food. 

Don’t be that guy…

Please do not send your order and then go and stand in the pick-up window.  There are so many people that think that since they placed the order that it will be ready right away, so there can be large crowds packed around the pick-up window.  Don’t be that guy!  I promise you, as soon as your food is in the window, you will get an alert on your phone letting you know that it is ready!

Mobile Ordering Main Screen
Select a Restaurant
What you see when you select a restaurant
Make your food selections
After entering your order, click on the bag in the top right corner to finalize your order.
Finalize and Pay! Now you wait for them to let you know that your food is ready to enjoy!

Restaurants that Participate in Mobile Ordering by Park

Here is a list of each of the restaurants that are currently participating in mobile ordering at Disney World.  Note, that this list will potentially grow over time, and we will do our best to keep this information up to date!

Mobile Ordering Options at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Mobile Ordering Restaurant Options at Disney’s Epcot

Mobile Ordering Restaurant Options at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Mobile Ordering Restaurant Options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Mobile Ordering Restaurant Options at Disney Springs

Well, I think that covers everything you need to know about using your My Disney Experience App for Mobile Ordering.  Have you got to try Mobile Ordering yet?  How was your experience?  Let us know in the comments below.  Also, please be sure and subscribe to our feed so that you will be notified anytime we put out new information.  If you have any Disney Fanatic friends, please feel free to share this with them as well!

Oh yeah, did we mention that we have an amazing community of Disney World Fanatics in our Facebook Group – Disney World Questions and Answers?  If you want to hang out with us and thousands of other Disney World Fanatics that are there to get all of your Disney World vacation questions answered, click here to join our FREE private Facebook Group!

Is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Really Worth It?

Today, we are going to go into our thoughts about our visit to Walt Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.  One thing to note is that our review is going to be based on the Disney Springs location.  When we took our daughter, we took her to the Disney Springs location (located within the Once Upon a Toy store in Disney Springs Marketplace) as we were unable to secure a reservation at the location within Cinderella Castle (across from the entrance to Cinderella’s Royal Table).  Here are our thoughts along with a few tips and tricks to make your experience a little more magical.

What is Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique?

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a salon with two locations within Disney World.  You must make reservations, and we recommend making them 180 days in advance.  When we booked, we were much closer, but this took multiple phone calls until a spot actually opened up. At the salon, your child will get the option to be made into a beautiful princess (or a gallant knight).  The Fairy God-Mothers in Training will take your child and let them choose the hairstyle of their choice.  There are packages that include make-up, nail polish, and full costume as well (we will go into options shortly).  Most important thing to remember, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is not just for little girls! If you are looking for an experience for your son to go through a magical transformation with the Fairy God-Mothers in Training, you can also go for the Gallant Knight package.

What happens when we arrive?

When you arrive at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, you will check in and choose which package you will be doing for your little one.  Here is a breakdown of the pricing and what is included once you arrive for your appointment.  When you book, you do not need to make a selection, but it is good to have an idea of which package you want before you arrive so that you will have an idea of what you will be spending. As you will notice (for the girls), every package includes the hairstyle, shimmering make-up and face gem, princess sash and cinch sack, and nail polish.  Hairstyle options are the Fairytale Princess (this is the option we chose), the Disney Diva, and Color Star.

Getting started at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
View of the salon within the
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Finishing up at the
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

The Crown Package (starting at $64.95 plus tax)

  • Hairstyling
  • Shimmering make-up and face gem
  • Princess sash and cinch sack
  • Nail polish

The Courtyard Package (starting at $109.95 plus tax)

  • Hairstyling
  • Shimmering make-up and face gem
  • Princess sash and cinch sack
  • Nail polish
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique T-shirt
  • Trendy tutu

The Castle Package (starting at $199.95 plus tax)

Our Princess meeting Tinker Bell
  • Hairstyling
  • Shimmering make-up and face gem
  • Princess necklace, sash and cinch sack
  • Nail polish
  • Disney Princess gown of your choice (shoes not included)
  • Additional coordinating accessories

The Deluxe Castle Package (starting at $229.95 plus tax)

  • Hairstyling
  • Shimmering make-up and face gem
  • Princess necklace, sash and cinch sack
  • Nail polish
  • Deluxe Disney Princess gown of your choice (shoes not included) – Select from a limited number of Disney Princesses
  • Coordinating boxed accessory set

The Princess Signature Dress Collection (starting at $450.00 plus tax)

Our Princess meeting with Cinderella!
  • Disney Princess gown made with heirloom-quality fabrics – and featuring intricate design details that tell the story of the princess
  • High-quality crystal tiara with box
  • Organza garment bag and satin hanger
  • Hairstyling
  • Shimmering make-up and face gem
  • Princess sash and cinch sack
  • Nail polish

The Knight Package ($19.95 plus tax)

  • Hairstyling with gel
  • Mighty sword and shield
  • Confetti

The Deluxe Knight Package ($79.95 plus tax)

  • Prince Costume
  • Hairstyling with gel
  • Mighty sword and shield
  • Confetti

As you can see, there is a package for every budget.  What you choose is up to you, but I will go into a little more detail on our selection.

What Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique package did we choose?

Well, I will be honest and say that I really did not know what to expect.  Before we flew out, we purchased an amazing Cinderella dress on Amazon, and so we brought it with us to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.  Because we already had a beautiful Cinderella Dress, we decided to go with the Crown Package.  I am sure that each of the more expensive packages would have been great, but our daughter was so happy with her makeover, I know that if we go again, we will do the same again.  After the makeover, we went to the Magic Kingdom.  Every cast member treated her like a princess (they do all of the time, but after being made up, it was definitely exaggerated).  The smile on her face could not have been any bigger, and I was very happy with the outcome.

Is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique really worth it?

In my opinion, YES!  I will admit that I was really doubtful going in, so I am not sure if that is why I was so pleasantly surprised, but I can guarantee you that we will do it again in the future (not only for our oldest daughter, but we will also let our youngest have the experience as well).  In the future, we will purchase a dress before going, and we will most likely go with the Crown Package as it was more than enough to make my daughter’s experience as magical as we could have ever imagined.  The only thing that I would do differently is probably do everything that I can to make it to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique located within Cinderella Castle.  What could be more magical than that?

What are your thoughts?

Have you ever visited the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique?  If you have, was it worth it?  Will you do it again?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!  If you enjoyed our review, please feel free to like and share with all of your Disney Fanatic friends!

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